New Year’s Book Cheers (Part 3)

Wow, has it really been three years? Damn…that’s a lot of books—a lot of reading and a lot of stories. And, as promised, here is the newest of my New Year’s Book Cheers. My newest opinions on three books. Give any of these stories a try; I certainly liked them. Continue reading

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Periodic Pretentious Book Reviews: ‘The Circle’ By Dave Eggers

No, I have not seen the movie. Nor am I sure I will ever see the movie. This is just about the book.

So, let’s begin!

  • What’s It About?

The Circle is about a near-future world where a company modeled after Silicon Valley corporations integrates technology into the world that breaks down the concept of privacy. Continue reading

New Year’s Book Cheers (Part 2)

Another year, another set of books I read. Here are reviews of some of them.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Now, let it be known that I don’t like romantic comedies—with a few exceptions (2015’s Man Up and 2013’s Not Another Happy Ending being my weaknesses—Simon Pegg and Karen Gillan are joys). I just cannot get into them. And, as a guy, I’m not expected to do so. But, for whatever reason, I read a lot of romance novels. Blame it on me liking Paper Towns by John Green so much, I guess. In any case, I ended up reading both this and one of its sequels, The Boy Most Likely To, and found them both strong in the same way: realistic, lived-in characters—even with a huge cast—and surprisingly complex moral dilemmas. The characters end up facing huge, realistic gray morality conundrums, and though the solutions for them are not perhaps what the audience wants (and might be a little too neat and clean), it is still a compelling puzzler for how a person would deal with them up until that point. And, for that, and some genuinely sweet romantic moments, it is worth a recommendation if romance novels are your thing. Continue reading

A Smattering of Favorite Books #2 (Sci-Fi Edition)

I love way too many books to limit the list to only three, so I say it’s time to look at another smattering of books. This time I’ll be taking a look at some of my favorite science fiction, starting with:

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

  • Why I Love It: Do I even need to explain this? The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is one of the most beloved science fiction novels known to man. It’s clever, satirical, and downright brilliant. But it also holds a place in my heart for another reason. This book defined my sense of humor. It made me understand how to use the ridiculous, how to place just the right amount of absurd to get a laugh. Without it, I may not have even made the same friends, or became a reviewer. It truly told me where my towel was.
  • Favorite Quote: There is simply too many good quotes for me to pick just one. Go find the book, open it to any page, and then put your finger there. That sentence, that sentence is my favorite.
  • Read This If You Like: Laughing.

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